Thread Subject: Re: Contribution to the GeneralInterfaceAccessibility Subcommittee
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From: Rex Lint
Date: Fri, Oct 20 2006 11:45 AM
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"I have put together a spreadsheet entitled "TEITAC - Functional Components
View", which demonstrates one approach to provisions that span several
product categories. It can be found online at Google's new "Docs and
If we were starting with whole cloth, I think your proposal for a different
taxonomy for the provisions for accessibility would be a meaningful
exercise. As I understand it, you proposed that the provisions should have
been sorted according to the attributes:
. Text info about non-text objects
. Color and contrast settings
. Info in color
. Audio amplification
. Mechanical controls
But we're not starting with whole cloth. Since the 508 technical
requirements were brought to the IT sector, most of the major IT and Telecom
suppliers have invested in corporate accessibility programs committed to
making their products and services accessible.
Likewise, companies and agencies have invested in training for developers
and purchasers. Some companies have built tools to analyze web pages
against the relevant provisions, and others have applications to measure
products against the provisions.
Insofar as possible, I think we should look to use the current framework as
the basis for converged and future technologies, so that the return on the
investment in training and tools can be extended. I propose we first see if
we can make incremental changes, rather that wholesale reorganization of the
structure. If that's not possible, we can perhaps consider other
taxonomies, but let's do this planfully, rather than assuming a taxonomy
without examining its rationale.
Rex Lint, Consultant
Chair, Section 508 Working Group
Information Technology Association of America
PH: 603-860-7651, FAX: 603-882-6612
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